Paul Nicholls makes big claims of Irving

Paul Nicholls' Irving looked very handy when winning at Kempton, crossing the line to make it five consecutive wins. A smart ride from Scholfield who got more from Irving when neededAfter missing the betfair hurdle due to the ground, Nicholls claims, with faster ground will come improvement & tidy up his jumping. If he's right, Irving has a real chance at cracking the Supreme Novices Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival 2014, but will have to see off the likes of Vautour & Wicklow Brave. All in all a good day for Nicholls, winning half the card at Fairyhouse on Saturday. 

Naas on Sunday saw Mullins' Mozoltov sent out to improve efforts from last time out. At 2/13 the price wasn't very attractive, but rightfully suggested he could get the better of his competitors. Any backers would have their hearts in their mouths as Cooper was almost unseated over the first. The rest of the race was relatively smooth, jumping to the left slightly, similar to last time out at Leopardstown when turned over by Trifolium. Neither, Folsum blue or Summer star really made a challenge. 

Yesterday it was revealed, Sprinter Sacre has been pulled from this year's Champion Chase at The Cheltenham Festival. Nicky Henderson reassured racing fans it is not a problem with Sacre's heart, but the stable star has been below par in training & "not showing the same brilliance as he did last season". Now we will not see the excellence of Sprinter Sacre until next season. Who knows if he can accomplish the same feats as last season, or if he'll ever be the same. we'll have to play the waiting game to find out.

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